God has been pressing on my heart for months now just how much Mercy Branch is collaborative work. When we began thinking through the call that God was placing on our hearts, we felt begged out. We were fresh off the heels of asking people to help us fund our youngest son’s adoption expenses, then on to asking people to help with our oldest son’s student visa and adoption costs… it was a lot. Each was, in its self, a big ask, and we just felt that we were begged out. So many had rallied behind us, given, and prayed… but that had its limits. There was just no way in our mind that it was going to continue.
So, we shuffled our feet and thought of any and every plan that DID NOT involve asking for money, that DID NOT make us vulnerable, that DID NOT involve needing others. The problem, (in our mind), was that we are not wealthy and we did and do not have access to private money trees.
This process really became an awesome work of God in that He showed us BAM (Business as Missions) as a viable long-term solution, while also inviting us back into asking. Even with the BAM model, we knew we could not do it alone. We knew that we needed help. We needed a village of Kingdom-minded people, praying, giving, and showing us love and mercy.
““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” (John 15:12–17, ESV)
What God wanted us to see is that in the midst of the humbling yourself and asking, He is there. In the midst of the fundraising journey, He is building a village. That village looks different for everyone, but he is present and He is there (here). He is the King of that village and His followers are His friends whom He leads because He loves. Nothing is too big for Him, nothing is too small for Him. Nothing is impossible, no, with Him impossible becomes fruitful. Big challenges are the beginning of His work, not the impediment to His progress. He is a “show me the biggest hurdle you’ve got so I can show you how big I AM, God.”
No longer do I feel the pains of “will anyone support us, Mercy Branch, or the Kingdom of God.” No, God has emblazoned my heart to understand that He is near, He always was, and that He is in it for what is important to His heart. My heart is full, it is full because you are in this-with us. I thank God for you!